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COP26 Summit: Turkish President gives it a miss

The Turkish President, who was going to participate at the UN COP26 summit, is not attending the meet on climate control. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returned to Istanbul after attending the G20 Summit in Rome on 1 November.

Earlier, the Turkish leader was expected to share the outline of how Turkey is going to meet its emission reductions goals. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was supposed to address the summit on 1 and 2 November on Turkey’s commitment made under the Paris climate agreement.

The President has not made any official statement over the decision to give the summit a miss.

The Turkish President had met the US President in Rome during the G20 Summit, where it is believed that the leaders discussed Turkey’s proposed acquisition of F-16 fighter jets and the Syrian war.

According to a Reuters report, an unnamed source said that decision to not attend the summit was taken following some “protocol issue.”

It was reported that Britain, which is hosting the summit in Glasgow, refused to security arrangements as demanded by President Erdoğan. 

The summit, being attended by head of states and government, is discussing the crucial issue of climate change. Russia and China have already declined to participate in the meet. 

Turkey’s Parliament approved the goals of Paris 2015 Pact in October 2021. Turkey, was the last country among the Group of 20 nations to ratify the pact.

Earlier, Turkey had objected to categorize the country as a developed country. Turkey also said that the country’s carbon emission is much smaller. 

Turkey has signed a memorandum of understanding under which they will receive $3.2 billion loan to help cut down its emission. 

China, another absentee, is one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters. Russia, which is one of the top oils producing country is also staying away from the summit.

On 1 and 2 November, leaders attending the summit are expected to speak at the summit, followed by negotiations to reach a deal among attending nations. The summit is expected to conclude on 12 November.